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Complexity in organoleptic paths of motion in the genre of craft beer reviews: a comparative study of Spanish and English.

Clarke, David (2019) Complexity in organoleptic paths of motion in the genre of craft beer reviews: a comparative study of Spanish and English. PhD thesis, Dublin City University.

The study of how languages differ in their portrayal of motion events has received much attention since Talmy (1972) provided the first detailed account of the phenomenon. Interest has extended from real, or factive motion, to imagined or fictive motion, and from there to metaphorical motion, in which experience in one sensory domain is understood in terms of motion. Studies of metaphorical motion have, however, concentrated so far on a limited number of sensory domains, principally vision, and drawn data from a limited number of textual genres. The aim of this study is to identify the extent to which motion expressions are employed to express organoleptic sensory experiences, that is experiences of taste and smell. Drawing on analytical categories put forward by Talmy (2000) in his treatment of Satellite- and Verb-framed languages and on treatments based on Cognitive Metaphor Theory (Lakoff and Johnson 1980), and particularly the concept of ‘embodiment’, we investigate the variety and complexity of organoleptic Paths evidenced in two self-built corpora of craft beer reviews, one in Spanish, the other in English. We also compare the level of complexity evident in these sensory Path types with those of another, closely related, sensory domain: vision. The study finds, in line with related studies, that English has greater variety and complexity of sensory Paths than Spanish. A more unexpected result is the finding that organoleptic Paths are more varied and complex than visual Paths. This finding, then, may encourage us to reconsider Path complexity differences in sensory domains as a multifactorial issue and not simply as a cognitive-linguistic phenomenon. It is proposed here that external factors such as genre, or specifically, its communicative functions and linguistic constraints, coupled with the unique ‘perceptual landscapes’ created by each sensory modality, may transcend perceived physical boundaries of a Figure’s trajectory.
Item Type:Thesis (PhD)
Date of Award:March 2019
Supervisor(s):Kenny, Dorothy
Subjects:Humanities > Language
Humanities > Linguistics
Humanities > Philosophy
Humanities > Semantics
Humanities > Spanish language
DCU Faculties and Centres:DCU Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Science > School of Applied Language and Intercultural Studies
Research Institutes and Centres > Centre for Translation and Textual Studies (CTTS)
Use License:This item is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 License. View License
Funders:School of Applied Language and Intercultural Studies, DCU
ID Code:22902
Deposited On:03 Apr 2019 12:27 by Dorothy Kenny . Last Modified 03 Apr 2019 12:27

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